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July 12, 1951
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I l i 2 1951 Sanitized - Approved For Release : CIA-R SPRINGFIELD (0.) SUN Circ,, m. 14,998 JUL 1 19 t General Smith Names A Deputy Brigadier General F. Trubee Davison has been appointed director of personnel and assistant to Lieut. General Walter Bedell Smithy chief of i he Central Intelligence Agency. Mr. Davison has been serving as a leader of civil defense in Nassau County, New York. He was Assistant Secretary of War in the Coolidge and Hoover Administrations. In World War I he was a member of the famed "Yale Group" of young volunteer pilots, and in June of 1941 he became an Air Force colonel, retiring as a one-star general after serving as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff in charge of personnel under the late General of the Air, Force "Hap" Ar- nold. In civilian life he has been president of the American Museum of Natural History for almost 18 years, and had planned to retire it) October. Trubee Davison is a peculiar combination of scholar and man of action. He is a flier, a lawyer, an administrator, a politician, a . combat veteran of two wars, and, withal an exceedingly cultivated citizen-in short a well-rounded man, to employ an oldfashioned phase. ? He possesses exactly what the Central Intelli- gence Agency needs most-~ nimble, fertile, un- regimented mind. The CIA' has been rather lunfortunate in its chiefs, who are selected in turn from the various Services (an extremely oor arrangement). Bedell Smith is the first to 'bring to the exacting job, so unorthodox, in- eed so Unprecedented, anything like the proper ualifications of mind, personality, and expert- nce. It is ever the mark of a good leader to oose good subordinates, and General Smith hps done just that iri picking Mr. Davison as a deputy.- FOIAb3b CPYRGHT Sanitized - Approved For Release : CIA-RDP75-00001 R000300090028-6